Road traffic safety refers to the measures and elements used to prevent road users from getting into an accident and injuring themselves and/or other traffic participants. Besides having to be aware of your surroundings and paying attention to the road ahead of you, having a good set of side mirrors is also important.
Side mirrors are somewhat fragile pieces that make driving your Holden that much safer and easier. However, sometimes finding a good pair of side mirrors can be challenging, especially with the overwhelming amount of options on the market today. For that very reason, here are some tips to help you find the right side mirrors for your Holden.
Mirror Type & Features
First, you’ll need to check what type of mirrors your Holden previously had and their additional features, if any. The standard set of mirrors is typically manual, while you can also get wired Holden mirrors which can be adjusted using a lever inside your car. Electric wing mirrors are pretty much the same as cable, except they can be adjusted with the help of a button or a joystick.
It’s good to stick to the set of features that your previous side mirrors had but you can also choose some additional ones. For example, if your previous vehicle had heated Holden mirrors, I’d advise you go for the same type again as it’s always a big plus to prevent your mirrors from fogging or dimming. If you are not sure whether you had them or not, check for a heating symbol near the electric mirror adjuster or you can check if there are wires going to the back of the mirror glass. If your previous ones had an indicator, it is best that you stick with it as well. The same applies if they had puddle lamps that lit the floor when unlocking the front door.
Covers may also vary from mirror to mirror depending on the side of the vehicle, so make sure you get the corresponding one. You will also need to check if you need an offside or nearside cover as this will determine whether or not you need a convex or flat glass, which we will talk about in a bit. Although not a game-changer, colour can make a big difference in the aesthetics of your Holden. However, at the end of the day, it all comes down to your personal choice whether you want to get colour-coded covers or ones that are just shiny.
With mirror glass, there aren’t that many options to choose from and you definitely need to get a convex and a flat one. The flat mirror usually goes on the driver’s side and the convex one on the passenger’s side. Some convex mirrors have an aspherical section which gives a separate viewpoint with usually a wider angle.